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Report: pack meeting – rafting

On 14 June 2017 we took our pack meeting to Ashington so that we could do some rafting. On what was a very warm evening we had a great turnout and built 3 rafts with help from the Ashington scout leaders.

We started by working on building the rafts themselves. Because of our numbers we had three teams, each working with the Ashington leaders. After a few clove hitches and lashings to make the frame the blue plastic barrels were fixed on.

Before the Cubs could head to the water there was the all important safety briefing during which they were fitted with their buoyancy aids. Then it was time to get the rafts in the water. At first all was well as the Cubs paddled their way around the island but then a few slipped off the rafts into the water. By the end of the evening the rafts were forgotten and all the Cubs were in the water – with their buoyancy aids of course.

 

We’re very grateful to the leaders from Ashington for providing us with such an enjoyable evening.

Those that follow us on Instagram were able to keep up to date with photos during the evening.

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Click the album to see our pictures from our rafting evening

Google has changed the way it displays our photos so click on the first one and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

Pack meeting – 14 June – rafting

In our planning session last term the Cubs asked for more water activities. On Wednesday 14 June we will be holding our pack meeting in Ashington so that we can do rafting. There will be no Cubs on Tuesday 13 June.

When: 14 June, 6.30pm to 8pm

Where:  Church farm, Ashington – the entrance to which is situated next to the church and directly opposite the scout hut. Address is Church Lane, Ashington, Pulborough RH20 3JX.
Cars can be parked inside the entrance to the farm on hard standing, it is then a 5 minute walk up to the lake. We will meet at the entrance and then all go to the lake together so please do not drive up to the lake.
Dauxwood Cubs visited last week and have sent us the following additional directions –
go to the end of Church Lane, take the private road alongside the left of the church, then park just inside the double gates on the left and then walk up between the barns along the track for about 5 minutes until you reach the larger pond by the tree line.” 

Wear: clothes & footwear you are happy to get wet/muddy. Ideally shorts and t-shirts or wet suits with old trainers/beach shoes if you have them. Warm, dry clothes and shoes for afterwards – tracksuit bottoms and a fleece usually work well. Bring a towel and a bag for wet clothes. Note that uniform is not required.

Bring:  In addition to a change of clothes and a towel you should bring a water bottle.

Cost: There is no additional charge for this event – we are meeting the cost from our funds.

Safety: The activity will take place in a lake which has mud, ducks, weed etc. All participants will be required to wear a buoyancy aid when on or in the water.

Paperwork: Please let us know if you are able to attend by registering for the evening on My Scout.
Everybody can take part, even if you are a non-swimmer. However, the team providing the event need to know and as usual we need your permission and a contact number for the evening. Scout activity rules for water activities have a swimming standard which is that you can swim 50m and float for 5 minutes when wearing the clothes you would use for the activity – including buoyancy aids. We have included a box for you to make that declaration. Please complete our online form before the event.

 

 

Report: pack meeting at Slinfold Aerodrome

On 25 May 2017 we took our pack meeting to Slinfold Aerodrome, a privately owned grass aerodrome tucked away near Broadbridge Heath.

We had been rather worried that moving our meeting to a Thursday would reduce our numbers but in fact 24 Cubs attended on a gloriously warm evening.

We started with a safety briefing including the dangers posed by propellers and the fact that the runway was “live” for planes to land (even though none were expected). We then divided into sixes to see the planes. With Chris and Laurie on hand we were able to look into two of the planes while the other sixes walked up the runway to the wind sock.

After a refreshing drink of squash under the trees we swapped over the groups. All the Cubs got the chance to sit in the cockpit of one of the planes and ask whatever questions came to mind.

The visit was arranged by Keego who said “we were looking for somewhere to visit to complete that part of the air activities badge. I just happened to walk my dog down the path that crosses the airfield and saw Laurie maintaining his plane. I’d no idea the airfield was there “.

We’re very grateful to Chris and Laurie and the Slinfold team for allowing us to visit and for making us so welcome.

Those that follow us on Instagram were able to keep up to date with photos during the evening.

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Click the album to see our pictures from the airfield

Google has changed the way it displays our photos so click on the first one and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

Report: Police visit

On 9 May 2017 we welcomed Sergeant MacPherson from the Metropolitan Police to our pack meeting to help us with part of the “our world” challenge.

Things started off quietly with a talk about what the Police do. We were just hearing how to describe a suspect (start at the top and work down) when the door opened and we were face to face with a stripy legged flag swiper who seemed to be rather enjoying herself. She quickly took our flag and was gone in a flash (on her scooter) taking us all rather by surprise.

We quickly got the Cubs working on writing a description. It had all happened so quickly but they did really well. You can see the picture but do you know what she was holding? A rolling pin and a torch. What about tucked into her apron? A tea towel.

Then we had the chance to take our finger (and palm) prints. Fortunately the black ink is water-based these days so washed off quite easily.

Ali had brought a range of uniforms in his big bag so the Cubs were able to try on a few different bits. We took the opportunity to dress Akela in riot gear and then staged our own mini riot to test out the equipment.

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Click the album to see our pictures

Remember to click on the picture and then the white “i” in the top corner to see our captions in the info window on the right of the screen.

Thanks to Jacala for providing the photos

Welcome to the Summer term 2017

Hello everyone and we hope you all enjoyed the Easter Break and are looking forward to the summer term.

We’ve got lots of fun things lined up for this summer and so we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday for an evening of fun and games.

Many thanks, Akela


St George’s Day parade
Well done to everybody that came along to the St George’s Day parade and picnic. We had 20 Cubs in the parade and the District Commissioner said that we all looked very smart. We’ve got some photos of the event but if you have any good ones that we can include in our report then please e-mail them to Jacala.
A particular mention for James who carried the flag for us. We were a bit worried that it might be too heavy, especially in the gusty winds but he managed it very well.

So what else do we have in store for you this term?

Programme for this term
Towards the end of last term we held a pack forum where we asked each six to come up with ideas for our programme. It is what Scout HQ call “youth shaped Scouting”. We’ve tried to include their ideas in the programme for the term. We hope that you like it. Note that two of our evenings in June will be held on a Wednesday rather than a Tuesday. We’re popping down to Ashington Scouts for a rafting evening and challenging Dauxwood Cubs to a rounders match at their pack meeting. In return the Dauxwood Cubs will be visiting us in July and will also be coming on Jamboree on the Trail.

Jamboree on the trail
Jamboree on the trail is an annual day for the World Scout Movement to hike together. All Scouts, whatever their age and wherever they may be in the world, are invited to participate in whatever way they can. In their own way, everyone will be hiking in the same direction; towards a better future through Scouting. Jamboree on the trail (JOTT) takes place on the second Saturday in May. This is its 20th year and each year more people take part.
Sometimes we can forget how lucky we are to live in such a lovely part of the world so we thought it would be nice to have a family day out – no sponsor forms or restrictions, just a nice walk with great views.
So we will again be meeting at Whiteways for a circular walk in the South Downs on the afternoon of Saturday 13 May. All the details are at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/event-jott2017/.  You can book your place via the events tab on My Scout and we have invited the Cubs from Dauxwood to join us too. In addition to increasing your hikes away score everybody that takes part can get a special JOTT20 badge for their camp blanket.

Camps
It is camping season again. This summer we are offering you the chance to camp in tents for a total of 10 nights at our camps in June, August and September. We hope that you will want to join us. Before we get onto the details of each one we have an annual appeal for help to get our gear to camp. If anybody has access to a van that can be used then we would be very pleased to hear from you. Summer camp has the most gear as we have to take it all from tables and benches to gas bottles. Our other camps involve less kit but still have the sort of things that people are not so keen on having in their cars. If you can help then please speak to one of the leaders.
We also always need helpers at camp – either to help put things up and take things down at the start and end of camp, to help in the kitchen or to help with activities. Adults that camp with us need to have the usual Scouting DBS check which takes a few weeks to sort out so please let us know in plenty of time.

Gold rush camp at Nowhurst
Our first camp of the term is just up the road at Nowhurst near Broadbridge Heath. We’ve heard that there is gold in them there hills and so thought we had better go an explore. All the details are at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/event-nowhurst17/ and we already have 16 Cubs on the guest list. You can book your place via the events tab on My Scout.

Orient Express summer camp
Summer Camp is our main camp of the year – a chance to get away for more than just a weekend. This year our theme is the Orient Express so we’ll be taking a journey through Europe with a new country to explore each day – all without leaving the campsite. We will be camping at Blackland Farm near East Grinstead. All the details are at https://parbrook.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/event-summer17/. We’re hoping to have a few more names for this camp as we currently only have 4 who want to camp all week (Sun to Sat) and an additional 2 for the mini-camp which runs from Sunday to Wednesday. Hopefully when you have camped with us at Nowhurst you’ll want to do more and the numbers will increase.

Weekend camp at Stedham
We haven’t yet opened our September tent camp for booking but you can see the dates in our calendar and in the events tab of My Scout. Make a note of the weekend (Fri 29 Sep to Sun 1 Oct) and we’ll let you know when you can book.

Easyfundraising
We’re pleased to have recently received the latest donation to our funds from Easyfundraising. Thanks to all of you that remember to click through from https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/parbrookcubs/ when you shop online we received a very nice £127 for the October to December 2016 quarter. This takes the total raised this way to an amazing £506 for the whole year and in addition the gift aid raised £95 for Billingshurst Scout and Guide funds. It really is easy to raise money for us when you shop online – that’s why we call it painless fundraising. See https://parbrook.wordpress.com/fundraising/ for more details and remember that the money we raise is kept by Parbrook Cubs and used to reduce the costs of camps and expeditions – just look for “Parbrook Cashback” to see where it has saved you money.

Get our dates in your calendar
Our weekly programme is available as a .ics link that you can paste into your online calendar such as google. There is a separate link for camps and group events. The links and some instructions are given on the home page of the website – https://parbrook.wordpress.com/.
Of course if you prefer the good old paper version then we can provide that too – just download it from http://www.1stbillingshurst.org.uk/parbrook/prog.pdf